I didn't think there were anymore 16 bit programs, not in this day and age, and I'm pretty sure that ASC isn't one of them. I wouldn't bet my last tuppence on it, but me thinks Windows Update has something to do with it.
I got an urgent update a few days ago, and when my HP 2-in-1 rebooted I had no internet, no Firefox, no ASC and no Bluetooth keyboard. All were broken
It was all working before. I was using Firefox and the keyboard just before the reboot, and the ASC bar was in the top right corner... and obviously I had internet cos I posted okay here before allowing the reboot. I figured the obvious culprit was the damned update, so I did a system restore and got rid of it.
Thing is, I don't have automatic updates enabled, and it wasn't time for the 3.00am Scheduled Maintenance, So I'm wondering how I even got the damned thing to begin with. To be totally honest, I am sick to the back teeth of MS breaking stuff with untried/untested updates. MS might claim they're tested, but they're NOT tested anywhere near enough, with millions of users all making the same complaint... MS keeps breaking shit with very poorly released updates.
As for ASC not being compatible with "this version of Windows", I have to wonder just how many programs MS has done this to, with Speccy and Ccleaner having been targets in the past, and that was no accident. Thing is, apart from power users and those more tech savvy and persistent, just how many regular users would just accept it and move on to seek MS alternatives?
Frankly, Microsoft's behaviour is abhorrent and intolerable.